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review 2019-04-25 19:47
more school murder
Jolly Foul Play: A Murder Most Unladylike Mystery - Robin Stevens

The girls are back at Deepdean for a new term and the new Head Girl, Elizabeth Hurst who is a well known bully, fond of secrets and good at using them to get her own way. None of the girls are surprised when she ends up dead and now the school is in chassis and Daisy and Hazel have to find the culprit and try to ensure that they don't get away with it.

The story is getting a bit stretched in school but it's entertaining.

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review 2019-01-01 06:10
Murder Most Unladylike
Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens

I particularly liked the dynamic between Hazel and Daisy. I was nervous about Hazel's character but don't remember anything offensive about the way she was written. A good girl detective series. Would pair with Friday Barnes (for the boarding school aspect).

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review 2018-11-13 15:22
interwar mystery for kids
First Class Murder - Robin Stevens

This is a nice reflection of Murder on the Orient Express which is referenced a few times in the text. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday with Hazel's father on the Orient Express and of course there's a murder. Officailly there's no-one there to investigate but the two girls use their wits to resolve the mystery.

Entertaining and I like how Hazel is developing as a character.

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review 2018-10-10 13:32
Young detectives
Arsenic For Tea - Robin Stevens

In this second book we're in Daisy Well's family home, Fallingford, for the holidays.  Hazel wong and two other of their classmates are also there to celebrate Daisy's birthday.  When one of the guests, who has proven themselves generally unpopular dies from poisoning Daisy and Hazel get caught up on the investigation.  


It's very much a Country House mystery, with bonus isolation due to a rain storm flooding access and the girls have to use their smarts to investigate.  They don't like some of the conclusions they have to come too but they do try to be as neutral as possible.


It's a good read with some great characters and it all falls together well.


Using it for the Country House Square and it would be perfectly viable for the Baker Street Irregulars as well.

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review 2018-02-19 00:00
Murder Most Unladylike
Murder Most Unladylike - Robin Stevens 'Murder Most Unladylike' is a quick and simple read. At least to me as an adult. I can think of several students who I would have recommended this to while I was teaching. The language is straight forward and accessible thanks to the first person narrative. The story is paced nicely and I like how it is broken up into parts. This is particularly useful for children that don't have great attention spans. Rather than getting lost in long chapters or elongated scenes, the story is fast paced and engaging. Perfect! 

To begin with I wasn't really sure if a murder had taken place. I thought perhaps the girls were just reading into things incorrectly but then there was another one! Oh and, I did not guess the murderer at all. That reveal came as a complete surprise to me. There was a moment where I was worried it was going to go down the dreaded teacher-student affair route (it didn't thankfully!). 

Small note for Kindle readers - there are times where images of a notebook are included and they appear small and hard to read. A smidge annoying but doesn't take away from overall enjoyment of the story.  

This review is also featured on my blog and includes more details on what I highlighted while reading and why.

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